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21 March 1997 Seeing and optimization of the thermal regime in the dome of 1.5-m Telescope Maidanak Observatory
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Proceedings Volume 2871, Optical Telescopes of Today and Tomorrow; (1997) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.269104
Event: Optical Telescopes of Today and Tomorrow, 1996, Landskrona/Hven, Sweden
Abstract
Beginning in 1975 Sternberg Astronomical Institute of Moscow University (SAI) developed a search of places with the best astroclimate in Middle Asia. Mount Maidanak (150 km to south from Samarkand) was chosen after investigation of the meteorological conditions, temperature fluctuations and seeing quality by astroclimatical expeditions in a different city testing for Moscow University Observatory. Having an isolated summit Maidanak has good astroclimatical parameters: 2000 clean observational hours/year, median seeing about 0.7 arcsec (Artamonov et al. 1987, Bugaenko et al. 1992). At the end of 1992 SAI mainly finished the construction of Maidanak Observatory with a 1.5 meter RC telescope, but in 1993 the development of the observatory was stopped after nationalization by Uzbekistan. At present Sternberg Astronomical Institute and Tashkent Astronomical Institute (new owner of the observatory) continue to work in joint observations and try to create International Maidanak Observatory.
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Boris P. Artamonov "Seeing and optimization of the thermal regime in the dome of 1.5-m Telescope Maidanak Observatory", Proc. SPIE 2871, Optical Telescopes of Today and Tomorrow, (21 March 1997); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.269104
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